Using Film in The Classroom

The New York Times Learning Network is an invaluable resource to teachers. While its content is slim compared to similar sites, its quality is unmatched. I want to draw attention now to its Film in the Classroom page, which provides fully vetted lesson plans on using film in language arts. The page, linked here, shows how you can turn film viewing from a lazy Friday activity to an engaging learning opportunity. The lessons provided here are (1) highly engaging; (2) show only brief video clips; (3) include targeted; higher-level thinking questions; and (4) align to standards.

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Graphic Organizer Templates

For students to have the greatest success in their writing, thought process and overall learning, we must often provide them with a framework on which they can place and advance their thoughts. Graphic organizers give students a structure for their writing. While there are literally thousands of options available, Jim Burke offers some of the field’s leading examples in his book Tools for Thought: Graphic Organizers for Your Classroom. Lucky for us, he generously provides a collection of his templates for free. You can download the PDF linked here.

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